MR. BOURNE GOES TO CHINA - Movie of the Week
MR. BOURNE GOES TO CHINA
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Matt Damon eschews his “Bourne” identity to go to China for this weekend’s biggest movie opening, which leads an array of eclectic choices.
“The Great Wall” (PG-13). Matt Damon stars in this epic Chinese fantasy as a mercenary warrior who is imprisoned within China’s Great Wall and finds himself in the middle of a battle with giant alien monsters that rise every 60 years. With Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau. Directed by Zhang Yimou, known for his many international hits, including “Raise the Red Lantern,” “House of Flying Daggers” and “Curse of the Golden Flower.”
“Everybody Loves Somebody” (PG-13, in Spanish with English subtitles). A Los Angeles doctor (Karla Souza, of TV’s “How to Get Away With Murder”) asks a co-worker to be her date at a family wedding in Mexico, but after arriving she’s shocked when her ex-boyfriend shows up after having disappeared some years before. Utah actor K.C. Clyde is among the cast.
“The Salesman” (PG-13, in Persian with English subtitles). An Iranian couple is rehearsing scenes for a performance of Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” when their collapsing house forces them to take up residence in a new apartment. One night the woman is sexually assaulted, which prompts the husband to seek revenge, but she is strangely indifferent about the event. Oscar-nominated for best foreign-language film. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Fist Fight” (R). Raunchy remake of the ’80s teen comedy “Three O’Clock High,” switching out students for teachers. When Andy (Charlie Day) is instrumental in the firing of Ron (Ice Cube), Ron calls him out for a fight after school. With Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and Tracy Morgan, in his first film since his 2014 auto accident.
“A Cure for Wellness” (R). A young executive is sent to an idyllic but mysterious and remote “wellness center” in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO, but he soon begins to show symptoms of the same illness that has laid up many of the residents, then realizes he is a prisoner.
“Toni Erdmann” (R, in German with English subtitles). A retired German music teacher travels to Bucharest to reconnect with his workaholic daughter, but when his attempts seem to fail, the father, an exhaustive practical joker, dons an alter ego and invades her workplace. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Documentary” (NR). Collection of short films from around the world that have been nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)